Posts from the ‘Young Waterfowl’ Category

Can ducks swim without being taught?

Like all young waterfowl, ducks don’t have to be taught how to swim.  A baby duck knows how to swim as soon as it hatches from the egg.  The mother duck leads the ducklings to the water as soon as they can travel.

It will take a duckling six or more weeks before learning to fly.  During their first few months, the young duckling lives on water insects, grasses and other kinds of plant life.

Ducks and most other water birds have a special way to keep dry.  They use their bills to spread waterproofing oil over their feathers.  The oil comes from a gland near their tails.–Dick Rogers

Is there a dog that can’t bark?

Tikoy

The breed of dog called the “basenji” (buh SEN jee) does not bark at all.  It is small, with perky ears and the habits of washing itself like a cat.  It is commonly known as the “barkless dog.”  The basenji can make noises, however.  It can snarl, growl, and whine, and when excited, it makes a kind of yodeling sound.

Because it isn’t a noisy dog, the basenji is popular as a house pet.  Basenjis originated in Africa as hunting dogs, where their keen sense of smell, intelligence and silence were useful for tracking prey.  You’ll never catch a basenji “barking up the wrong tree!” – Dick Rogers